Gardaí are launching a murder investigation after a man who was assaulted three weeks ago died in hospital

A man who was discovered with serious injuries earlier this month has died in hospital.

Ardaí in Co Louth have upgraded the case to a murder investigation.

A Garda spokesman said the force is investigating all circumstances surrounding the death of Marius Juodenas, 44, following an incident in Dundalk on Tuesday July 5.

Mr Juodenas, originally from Lithuania, was attacked near his home in what the Gardaí say was a targeted attack.

He was beaten with a hatchet or hatchet and at least one other tool – possibly an iron bar.

He sustained very serious injuries and there was massive blood loss at the scene.

“It was a miracle he held out for so long after the sustained attack he suffered,” said a senior source. Gardaí believe the attack was planned.

It is believed he was attacked by three or four men. They are also believed to be Eastern European nationals associated with the area.

Gardaí quickly identified suspects in the case. Several searches were carried out with confiscated items.

One of the suspects has been said to have had “major interactions with Gardaí” in recent years.

The officials are pursuing a clear line of investigation.

“Just before 7pm, Gardaí visited a house on Barrack Street, Dundalk, where Marius was discovered with serious injuries,” the press office said in a statement.

“He was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda before being transferred to Beaumont Hospital where he was placed on life support.

“He was pronounced dead at Beaumont Hospital yesterday, Tuesday 26 July 2022.

“Today a post mortem was carried out at Dublin City Mortuary, the results of which will not be made public for operational reasons.”

Gardaí have confirmed that an interim room has been set up at Dundalk Garda station and a murder investigation has now been launched under the direction of a senior investigating officer.

A family liaison officer has been appointed and continues to keep the family informed of the investigation.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and are particularly appealing to those who were near Barrack Street between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on July 5, 2022 to come forward.

All road users who have been in the area and may have cameras, including dash cam footage, are asked to provide them to the Gardaí investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 938 8400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. Gardaí are launching a murder investigation after a man who was assaulted three weeks ago died in hospital

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